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"I couldn't put Elliott's novel down. It's fantastic . . . An entertaining mixture of Palahnuik and David Lynch."
--Independent on Sunday
"Inventive, scary and darkly humorous novel has a dash of Stephen King and a hint of Lovecraft but is really sui generis. It may be a true one-off but that doesn't stop me wanting more."
"As much surreal poetry as macabre thrills . . . this is a first novel of real promise. At his best, Elliott writes with a power commensurate with the originality of his vision. It is not just that he has unusually nasty visions to put on the page but he has the ability to make us share them."
"Elliott's clowns are as unnerving as they come."
"A darkly disreputable combination of horror, fantasy, thriller and gross-out humour . . . genuinely terrifying . . . wonderfully effective . . . calls to mind Stephen King at his best . . . will appeal and appall in equal measure."
--Scotland on Sunday
"An excellently coherent act of imagination . . . the plot is full of wonderful grotesqueries and unfolds at a cracking pace. I was enjoying reading this book so much I forgot I was meant to review it."
--Sydney Morning Herald
"A fiery allegory for our times."
"This is territory where few Australian novelists have ventured, let alone with Elliott's disquieting composure. He brings a stylistic restraint to the depiction of horrors."
"Will Elliott's prose is sharp and engaging . . . this intriguing book mixes fantasy with psychological horror to squirming effect."
"A bravura performance, a disquieting glimpse into a richly imagined and horribly plausible parallel universe."
"This sadistic world makes for one highly enjoyable read, especially for all of you out there who delight in the nightmarishly macabre."
"Dark, wickedly inventive comedy . . . Awesome."
"An astonishing book which combines vicious slapstick and relentless black comedy with a breathtakingly vivid, visual style . . . riotous gore-fest which is immensely entertaining, often hilarious and contains not a little pathos. Completely unforgettable."
"The novel is packed with wonderful fantasy ideas and prose. ****"